Perfected Metals
nr Base Metal Perfected
1 Gold Orichalcum
2 Silver Lunargent
3 Mercury Hermium
4 Copper Kypris
5 Iron Siderite
6 Tin Zinnteros
7 Lead Khronicum
It is possible, through a long and arduous process, to magically perfect certain metals. This transmutation changes the appearance and properties of the metals in question, and have often been known since ancient times. For example, perfected silver is known as Lunargent, and is partly translucent, yet catches and holds light so that it glows with a bluish sheen. Similarly, perfected gold is known as Orichalcum, and mercury becomes Hermium.

Perfected metals are the main ingredients when creating magical alloys, but are also useful when making imbued items.

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From the Book, page 178:

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MAGICAL METALLURGY

While the field of crafting enchanted items is large and extremely complicated, incorporating factors ranging from runic inscription patterns to astrological conjunctions. Yet one of the most basic yet important points to pay attention to is that of metallurgy. While all the materials of which a piece is constructed influences the final products it has been an undeniable fact that this coloration of the outcome occurs extremely strongly when the legendary seven Celestial Metals are involved, these of course being Gold, Silver, Copper, Tin, Lead, Iron and Quicksilver. Indeed, it is true that it is measurably easier to encode spells into receptacles that are made of a celestial metal whose symbolic value corresponds with, or supports, the spell in question. Indeed, such items tend to be even more potent in their magical force, leading craftsmen around the world to incorporate some detail or fragment of the metals into most of the items they seek to imbue with mystical importance. It also means that it is exceedingly useful to know the occult correspondences each metal carries with it, the better to realize which choice is the most advantageous for the endeavor one is planning. Here follows a short list of the most basic values, though several volumes have been penned which detail the phenomenon in further depth.

Gold is fitting for all magics dealing with illumination, glory, fire, might and raw force, but can also conduct spells aimed at generating wealth or opulence. In contrast Silver helps endeavors dealing with mystery, spirituality, the unknown, changes and mutability, but also purity, chastity and healing. While gold may well reveal the truth unvarnished silver will tell you of the hidden reasons for why it is so, or at least guide you in that direction. Quicksilver, then, aids in all matters of speed, travel, flight and voyaging, as well as the realm of thought, words, languages and mathematics: The well-spoken word flies faster than the arrow! Copper is the metal of physical passion where silver is chaste; of veneration, love, protection, measurements, trade and giving yourself over to the basic elements of body and emotion. But it also contains wrath, lightning, thunder, crackling violent passion and drama, weapons of the household: scissors and tools. Yet Iron reigns supreme in all matters of war, combat, harm and violence, as well as strength, the indomitable will, perseverance and dependability. Lead, seen as least noble of these metals, belongs to death, ghosts, the eternity of time and heavy material existence, but also to curses, ill-fortune, concealment and inscrutability. Lastly there is Tin, least used in ancient metallurgy, it governs sound, music, balance, justice, good luck, protection and cooperating, being a community. But it can also represent overweening confidence, noise and mediocrity.


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